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FUV Essentials

There are many variables that determine what makes an artist or band “essential” — longevity, impact, influence, history, discography — and WFUV takes a deeper look with FUV Essentials. On-air and online, we celebrate musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack. Let’s love these artists while they’re here, and honor those who have departed too soon.

Courtney Barnett: Five Essential Bob Dylan Songs

Since Courtney Barnett first offered up her "Five Essential Bob Dylan Songs" two years ago, she's released a second solo album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, as well as a collaboration with Kurt Vile, 2017's Lotta Sea Lice. Barnett plays a benefit concert for BRIC! Celebrate Brooklyn this Wednesday, July 25, broadcast live on WFUV 90.7FM and streaming live via the website.]


Beck returns to New York with a show at Madison Square Garden on July 19, supporting 2017's Colors, an upbeat kaleidoscope of an album that the #FUVEssentials artist describes as "not retro and not modern."


As Radiohead returns in July 2018 for a four-night stand at New York's Madison Square Garden, we're celebrating the music of this beloved #FUVEssentials band.


Phoenix is a beloved and much-needed ambassador of French joie de vivre in the States. As the band returns to New York for a five-day residency at Brooklyn Steel, we're celebrating the quartet as one of our FUV Essentials.